Networks1st Update: 29th May 2009

Senscot attended the Supporting Voluntary Action (SVA) Think Tanks Away Day at Hampden Stadium this week. The event was to engage the Third Sector in looking at the changing role and purpose of third sector infrastructure (support services). This included the current changes affecting the sector and what the vision for the future of support services should be. Pauline Graham (Social Firms Scotland) has played a key role in pushing to ensure social enterprise is included in the process. Pauline facilitated an excellent workshop on the vision and purpose of the Third Sector – our group felt the primary focus should be on developing support services that enable the third sector to contribute towards the creation of strong and independent communities.

Argyll & Bute SEN members The Multiple Sclerosis Centre is one of 10 charities in the UK to win a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award, run in partnership with The Kings Fund. This recognises the work of small to medium sized charities working to improve the health of their communities.The award is worth £25,000 plus participation for staff in a series of training workshops – which effectively doubles the value of the prize. The MultipleSclerosis Centre received the award at a ceremony on May 7th at London’s Science Museum. The judges comments included:- “ The organisation is doing an incredible job….” , “The high levels of MS show great need which is effectively targeted…” “ the centre has an impressive list of effective local partnerships…”Congratulations to all involved. For more info on ABSEN contact

Dumfries & Galloway SEN members, The Food Train, have received a £81,000 project grant from the Scottish Government to support a roll out of its services throughout Scotland. From April 1st 2009, the Food Train recruited a National Development Officer, who is responsible for identifying areas most in need and where they can plan to launch new branches of the service. The Food Train is a grocery shopping, befriending and household support service for older and disabled people in Dumfries & Galloway and they said " we can begin our quest to help older people in other parts of Scotland enjoy the benefits of a Food Train." For more info on the Food Train see For more info on D&G SEN contact

Case Study – Health SEN

The Health (& Community Care) SEN was set up in the early part of 2007, after the 1st Fit for Purpose event. One of the lead bodies at the time was the Glasgow Community Care Providers Forum (which has since changed its remit). As with the other thematic SENs the Health SEN has suffered somewhat from an unclear route by which to build connections with strategic bodies. This situation is beginning to change for the better with the developing partnership working with various bodies in the Public Health sector and the introduction of a series of Round Table meetings being held in partnership with the Health & Wellbeing Directorate.

Network Notices

Places are still available for the Social Enterprise Mark events in Glasgow and Aberdeen next month. The Glasgow event is on 11^th June in the Wise Group’s offices at 72 Charlotte Street (2 pm – 4 pm) and, the Aberdeen event will be held on 17^th June at Aberdeen Foyer’s Marywell Training &Conference Centre in Marywell Street, Aberdeen (2 pm – 4 pm). To book a place, contact

Social Impact Tracker: Bev Meldrum of The Tool Factory will be giving a demonstration of the Social Impact Tracker at the next SAN in Scotland meeting to be held on Thursday 18 June at The Melting Pot, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh. The meeting will start at 1.30 pm for networking with the demonstration starting at 2pm. If you would like to attend this meeting please email Jenifer Richmond at

Dates for Your Diary

29th May – Glasgow
11th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Glasgow
17th June – Social Enterprise Mark Event, Aberdeen
17th June – Clacks SEN
18th June – Culture SEN
18th June – Sport & Social Enterprise
23rd June – Edinburgh SEN
25th June – Tayside SEN